Himalayan Art Resources

Mahakala: Kakamukha (Raven-faced) Page

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The Raven-faced Mahakala originated from the Chaturbhuja Mahakala tradition of Ga Lotsawa as a retinue figure in the surrounding mandala. Kakamukha is very easy to be confused with the Black Garuda of the Rechung system.

Jeff Watt 3-2017 [updated 8-2017]